History

70 years of progress and innovation

History of Kia

Milestones

1989

July
  • Kia's casting plant opens in Asan.

1987

October
  • The midsize Concord sedan starts production.
July
  • Kia's export exceeds 100 million dollars.
January
  • The Pride sets foot on U.S. soil.

1986

December
  • The Pride starts production.

1980

September
  • The one ton diesel Bongo starts production.

1974

October
  • The passenger car Brisa is unveiled.

1973

August
  • The Brisa pickup starts production.
June
  • The Sohari Plant opens.

1969

August
  • The T-600 starts production.

1962

January
  • The three wheeler K-360 starts production.

1957

July
  • Korea's first 1,000 ton press is installed.
May
  • The Shiheung Plant opens.

1952

April
  • The Samchully, Korea's first bicycle, is unveiled.
  • The company is renamed Kia Industries.

1945

April
  • Kia's second plant opens in Busan.
January
  • Kia's first plant opens in Yeongdeungpo, Seoul.

1944

December
  • Kyungsung Precision Industry, the origin of Kia, is founded.

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